Ecclesiastes (1): Basics

By any standards the book of Ecclesiastes is a unique and enigmatic work; even among the other Biblical writings there is nothing akin to it. Sometimes we are almost led to wonder what such a book is doing in the Bible at all! Yet the more its words are studied …

Lessons from Malachi

Our exhortation this month is centered on the book of Malachi whose ministry was some 80 years after the return of about 42,000 persons from exile. During that time, Haggai and Zechariah had prophesied, the temple had been rebuilt on a much smaller scale, and a second wave of exiles …

The Pain Passes

The beauty remains, the pain passes. This was the answer given by the famous painter Auguste Renoir, who was crippled with arthritis, when he was asked, “Why do you continue to paint when you are in such agony?” If we only do what we feel like doing in life, we won’t …

Mid East Peace?

On October 24, 1998 after nine straight days of negotiations, Israel and Palestine signed yet another peace agreement. The modest document, referred to as the “Wye Agreement,” was heralded as a life-saving measure that would “restore life to the Middle East peace effort and open the way for talks on …

Job, Jesus and James

Who would not like the Lord God to say about us what he first said about Job before his trial: “There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil” (Job 1:8). Following his grievous trial and subsequent humility, God said …

A Basis of Fellowship

In the past few weeks, hundreds of our readers will have received a booklet from “The Dawn Christadelphians” regarding their views on “Belief, Practice and Fellowship.” No doubt the booklet was spurred by concern over a recent decline in membership and is attempting to reinforce the Dawn communities reason for separate existence in order to prevent …

Moses and the Great Crisis (1)

In an earlier study, we saw how Aaron, led by his sister Miriam, challenged the authority of their brother, Moses, and this despite the fact God had shown in the clearest possible manner that Moses had been chosen as His agent in the deliverance of the children of Israel (cf. …